Imagine spending 3 days/2 nights in an upscale Times Square hotel, where you will enjoy unique sights and sounds of NYC! Guests on our trip will attend a PRIVATE concert with Jon Bon Jovi and have a photo op with him! We’re also happy to announce this package includes a LOCALS/NO HOTEL OPTION! This trip goes on sale Wednesday, June 8th at 11AM EDT. Remember, space is VERY limited! We’ll see you in New York!
By WAYNE PARRY, ASSOCIATED PRESS TOMS RIVER, NJ — May 10, 2016, 7:10 PM ET
Jon Bon Jovi knows he can’t help society by curing cancer or splitting atoms. But he can use his celebrity to command the attention of millions of people, including some of the wealthiest and most powerful.
The Sayreville, New Jersey-born rocker and his wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, are joining with local charities and wealthy fellow philanthropists to tackle hunger and poverty in a shore town that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
He and his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation held a grand opening Tuesday for the B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together. The center includes the second JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant, where those in need can do volunteer work for their meals, and paying customers donate toward the cost of the volunteers’ food by purchasing a “Pay It Forward” certificate. The first one opened in Red Bank in 2011.
The center in Toms River is designed as a one-stop facility to help people apply for nutritional assistance benefits and health care, and get culinary-related job training.
The singer best known for rock anthems like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name" and “Wanted Dead Or Alive” said hunger is something he can actually do something about.
“We didn’t need scientists to find a cure,” he said. “There are so many wonderful causes and so many passionate people that are addressing them. We have been inspired by so many of our in-need neighbors who have come seeking help.”
He and several others active with the center said one of its main goals is not just to feed the lines at food pantries but also to permanently shorten them.
“We serve people with dignity,” added his wife, Dorothea. “You get great food and volunteer for the meal, and we ask our paying customers to pay it forward and pay for the volunteers’ meals. That’s part of our sustainability model.”
Bon Jovi said many area residents are still recovering from Sandy and don’t have enough nutritious food to eat. But he said the need predated the storm in Ocean County, where one in five residents is low-income or lives in poverty.
“This is happening across our nation,” he said. “When there’s 15 percent of children going to be hungry at night in a nation like ours, that’s not an issue it takes a scientist to solve.”
Toms River was one of the hardest-hit communities during Sandy, which struck Oct. 29, 2012. The nearby Ortley Beach section was devastated, and many homes and businesses still have not been rebuilt as the fourth summer after the storm approaches.
Bon Jovi is partnering with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation to provide $5 million in services to needy families in the B.E.A.T. Center’s first year of operation.
The center joins other charitable endeavors undertaken by Bon Jovi, including the construction of 440 units of affordable housing for homeless or low-income families and donations to numerous Sandy relief efforts.
Jon Bon Jovi’s Runaway Tours trip to Dublin, Ireland is ON SALE NOW! Don’t miss out on Jon’s only appearance in Europe this year, including 3 days, 2 nights in Dublin, where you will attend a private storyteller show with Jon, get your photo taken with him & explore this exciting city!
Help make The B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together) a reality and join the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and Peoples Pantry, as we continue helping families of New Jersey combat the issues of food insecurity.
Join us in the fight to end hunger by making a contribution here.
Today we announced the launch of THE BEAT CENTER OCEANFIRST MATCH CAMPAIGN – Bringing Everyone All Together to Fight Hunger. Individual and team incentives include a chance to have your name included in a logo at The B.E.A.T. Center as well as a digital copy sent to your home, and for donations of $10,000 or more—an invitation to attend a VIP reception with Jon Bon Jovi and partners at The B.E.A.T. Center grand opening in Toms River, N.J. Additional local incentives will be announced on the campaign page.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and Peoples Pantry (Inspire NJ) joined forces last April to form The B.E.A.T. Center. The B.E.A.T. Center is a community hub where families and individuals in need can access food, job training, and resources to end the cyclical causes of hunger in New Jersey. The “one-stop shop” will serve as a FoodBank satellite location that includes a food distribution center, commercial kitchen, culinary skills training program and community resource center, as well as the permanent home of Peoples Pantry, and a second location of JBJ Soul Kitchen.
Ocean County is New Jersey’s fastest growing county and was “ground zero” for Hurricane Sandy. According to FEMA, over 40,000 structures in the county were damaged or destroyed in the storm – 55% of the state’s total. The creation of The B.E.A.T. Center is in response to the reality that today, more than three years after the storm, there are thousands of families who are still struggling to regain housing, financial stability and to overcome food insecurity—and they are turning to local agencies in record numbers for assistance. The impact of this collaboration is projected to provide $5 million in support to families in need in its first year.
The donation & fundraising campaign will run from March 30th to April 26th for the Grand Prize, and will continue with incentives through the Grand Opening of the facility. For those who don’t reach the top goals, there are still plenty of local and global gift incentives throughout the campaign.
A generous grant from the OceanFirst Foundation is helping to make The B.E.A.T. Center a reality. OceanFirst will match dollar for dollar up to $100,000 and every dollar donated goes directly to The B.E.A.T. Center.
Leading up to Super Bowl 50, taking place this Sunday, we asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter which Bon Jovi songs they’ve heard (or want to hear) at a game. We received a ton of great stories, memories, and of course an awesome list of songs.
Backstage JBJ member, Holly Allen met Jon Bon Jovi on a Runaway Tours trip and shared with him how his music has had such an impact on her life and her personal drive while in the Navy over the past 21 years. She reached out to Matt Bongiovi and asked if Jon would consider reenlisting her for her last enlistment. Today, on the top of the Freedom Tower in NYC, Jon made her wish come true. Senior Chief Petty Officer Holly Allen of the United States Navy was officially reenlisted to serve her country one last time before retiring. Congratulations Holly, we were honored to share this special day with you!
Due to overwhelming demand, a second Hope Concert has been added on December 23rd at 9:30PM at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey! This special show will feature Bobby Bandiera, Southside Johnny Lyon, Gary U.S. Bonds and John Cafferty performing alongside Jon Bon Jovi.
Proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, whose mission is to support women during and after cancer treatment.
BANGKOK, Thursday, Sept 10th 2015 – “We’ve toured around the world since 1995 and are excited to reunite with our Thai fans again! See you Tuesday, 15th of September 2015” - Jon Bon Jovi Singha Corporation and Live Nation BEC-Tero are proud to announce that Bon Jovi, one of the most important bands in the history of rock and popular music will rock Bangkok with the most spectacular tour of the season in Singha Corporation Presents Bon Jovi Live in Bangkok. They will perform for Thai fans on Tuesday 15, September 2015 at the Impact Arena Muangthong Thani. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday 12th, September 2015 at www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Internationally celebrated thanks to their huge back-catalogue of anthemic chart-toppers, Bon Jovi carries a history of success for over 30 years. The band became an icon of American rock music, and will shake Thailand with this spectacular show. Fans will be treated to an unforgettable night of Bon Jovi’s huge arsenal of worldwide hits, including ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, 'You Give Love A Bad Name’, 'It’s My Life’, ‘Have A Nice Day, the Grammy winning 'Who Says You Can’t Go Home’, and many more.
Led by iconic charismatic front man Jon Bon Jovi, the band’s legendary career has seen them produce 12 studio albums with more than 130 million records sold worldwide. The band has solidified its reputation of rock royalty and the ultimate concert experience, performing over 2,900 concerts and recognized with 21 music awards including wins at the Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
The endless list of hits, the fact of having one of the best singers of popular music, and the strength of a band that won a place among the greatest through their excellence, all come together to make this a concert experience not to miss!
After performing a sold out show for more then 10,000 fans 25 years ago in Thailand in 1995, Singha Corporation and Live Nation BEC-Tero are excited to repeat the successful Bon Jovi experience in Singha Corporation Presents Bon Jovi Live in Bangkok at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani.
“We are proud to be presenting Bon Jovi Live in Thailand and excited to share this amazing rock experience with the Thai fans.” Neil Thompson – CEO – Live Nation BEC-Tero
Don’t miss a spectacular performance in Bangkok this 15 September! Tickets will be available at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets and www.thaiticketmajor.com.